Summary

The chapter opened with a discussion of the importance of keys. You learned that there are different types of keys, and each type plays a different role within the database. Each key performs a particular function, such as uniquely identifying records, establishing various types of integrity, and establishing relationships between tables. You now know that you can guarantee sound table structure by making certain that the appropriate keys are established for each table.

We then discussed the process of establishing keys for each table. We began by identifying the four main types of keys: candidate, primary, foreign, and non-keys. First, we looked at the process of establishing candidate keys for each table. You learned about the ...

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